Topic: Landscaping Author: Nan Hampton Date: Wednesday - September 02, 2009 From: Modesto, CA
QUESTION: In Modesto, CA. Hot summers, cold winters. Need a low ground cover for area next to driveway approx. 5ft X 14ft. that stays green all year round. I did have grass there but neigbors lawn is loaded with crabgrass and it was impossible to keep this out. I need a solution, please
ANSWER:Las Pilitas Nursery in Escondido and Santa Margarita has a wonderful website with excellent information about native California plants. They have a groundcover page that divides the ground covers into three categories—less than one foot high, one to two feet high and two feet and higher. Here are a few from the 'less than one foot high' category:
I can't guarantee that these will keep the crab grass out, but they certainly would be attractive in your site. You can look at the others on the Las Pilitas page for suitability for your site. You can learn more about most of them by searching in our Native Plant Database using their botanical name.